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Spark – CBC Radio – Full Interview: Luis Suarez Explains How to Quit Email

After a couple of rather long blog posts I think it is now a good time to probably go for a short one, don’t you think? A little bit of a breather; actually, I thought I would go and share with you folks a follow up blog post from one I did earlier on this week and which I would think you would find quite interesting, specially if you have been following my little project of living "A World Without Email".

Earlier on this week, you would remember how for the weekly progress report for week #29 I mentioned that later in the week, yesterday, to be more precise, I would actually be spending a few minutes doing a Skype interview with the wonderful Nora Young from CBC radio show Spark, where I would be talking much more in detail about how to give up on corporate email for good and how I have been doing it for the last 18 months and counting…

And it looks like the interview is now available at the CBC Spark blog under the following title: "Full Interview: Luis Suarez explains how to quit email". You will be able to listen to the podcasting episode directly from that blog post or you could download the MP3 from here.

It lasts for a little less than 28 minutes and in it we had a great conversation throughout where I started giving some background on why I begun with this initiative over 18 months ago; the consequences and key learnings over time; the kind of responses I have been receiving all along; where I would go further from here, and, perhaps the much more interesting part, which is the one where I share a few tips that would help out everyone out there, who may be interested, how to perhaps not give up on email altogether in favour of social software tools, but certainly how to reduce quite a bit of that email clutter we have probably gotten too used to and, instead, make good use of social software tools to share our knowledge and collaborate with other knowledge workers.

I must say that being interviewed by Nora was actually plenty of good fun, because we eventually managed to talk about a good number of things I didn’t touch base in the various blog posts I have done so far, or the numerous conference events I attended last year or the ones I have been involved in this year so far. I was surprised about that, because I thought I had said most of the stuff around this topic of giving up on corporate email already, but it looks like Nora just asked the perfect set of questions to help me share a different set of insights on what it has been like living without email at work for over a year and a half now and still going strong…

So, I am going to keep this post on the shorter side of things, and leave it over here for now. And if you would be interested in listening to the interview I did with the delightful Nora (We surely had plenty of good laughs, too, on common misuses of corporate email! Hilarious some of them!), you can head over to the original blog post Dan Misener put together, or, alternatively, you could download the .MP3 file from here.

Hope you enjoy listening to it, just as much as I did participating in it. It surely was a blast and I would want to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Tony Burns, who made the introduction with Dan possible in the first place and to Nora & Dan himself for having me in their show! Thanks ever so much, guys! It was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  1. Luis

    Have followed some of your advice and cut down on my e-mail except in the past few days when I am looking for votes for my South by Southwest Interactive Panel (2010).

    The title is ‘No Vacation Nation, Is Vagabonding the Right Medicine’…

    Here is the link to Voting Page http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/2893

    Voting Ends today SEPT 4 at Midnight (US Time).

    Bon week-end

    ‘The French Guy from New Jersey’

    1. Hiya, Serge! Thanks a lot for dropping by and for the feedback comments! That panel for SxSW looks rather rather interesting! And I have just taken the liberty of voting for it as well as spread it through my local networks of folks who I feel would be interested in it. Good stuff!

      Hope it makes it through and look forward to reading more about it and glad you are on that endeavour of reducing your work email! Good stuff! Keep it up and hope to speak to you soon!


  2. I listened to the CBC Spark interview as a podcast. (It’s not the first time I’ve heard the show. I’m Canadian!)

    It’s funny how, after read your blog for such a long time, that I’ve never heard your voice before. It’s deeper than I expected, with an accent that really took me by surprise. British tutors?

    Maybe we’ll meet face-to-face some day. (I’ll probably be shorter than you expected!)

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